Farndale, son of Martin and
Catherine Jane Farndale of Kilton Thorpe, (FAR00364) farmer, baptised, Brotton; 31 Jul 1881.
(PR and family knowledge)
Martin Farndale registered Guisbro District
(GRO Vol 9d page 464 - 1837 online)
Martin Farndale, married Ruth Farndale, (FAR00619), his first cousin, in
Trochu, Canada in 1932.
They lived near Trochuin
Alberta. They had no family.
There is more information about his life at
Martin Farndale and at the Farndales of Tidkinhow
Martin was born on 8 June 1881 at Kilton Thorpe. Like his elder brother and
sister he was baptised at Brotton Parish Church
where the entry in the Parish Register reads:
"Martin, son of Martin and Catherine Jane
Farndale of Kilton Thorpe, farmer,
baptised 31 July 1881."
Like the rest, Martin went to school at Charltons until he was ii. He then went to Boosbeck Council school until he was 14.
That would be in 1895. He then helped on the farm until 1905 when he went to Canada, the first pf many
members of the family to do so. Martin is remembered as not quite as strong
as the rest. He did not go away to work and was a great favourite of his
mother. When he decided to go to Canada, he could not bring himself to tell
his mother so he simply left home and write to his sister Lynn from Liverpool:
Just a few more lines. I left Liverpool on Thursday night
for Canada on SS Tunisian. I have had a good night's sleep. I have booked
second class on board and is very comfortable. We are passing by the north of
Ireland this [ ]. The ship makes a call here to take
on more passengers. This letter will be sent on from here. I shall not be
able to post any more letters till I land at yond side. I am enjoying the
trip well so far. I hope mother will not fret is she get to know before I
write. I will send a letter to her as soon as we land. I am going to do best . I am going a long way up the country. I am to
Calgary in Alberta. It is chiefly cattle farming there. There is several more young men on ship that are going out from there can
catch. But I have not meet any lady that is my way
yet. You must try and cheer mother up. There is nothing for her to trouble
about. I am as safe here as riding on the railways in England. I shall be
about other 7 days on the water. I will send a few letters off before I start
my land journey. I have not time write more. I want to up on deck. We are
just about to land at Londonderry I believe.
I must leave hoping you are all well.
From the passenger list for SS Tunisian 1905
And five days later:
cannot be posted for England till we land so you will know if you get this
that I landed all right.
Wednesday June 21st 1905
I shall soon get my sea trip over now. Land was sighted
today Newfoundland I believe. Every body is
beginning to lighten up now. But it will be Saturday morning before we land
I have enjoyed voyage up to now. I had one day sea sick. It was awful. I don't want that any more. We have had few very cold days. It is always
cold n this part of the Ocean. We saw a great iceberg this morning. It was a
great sight. This is a great rock of ice. So you
must know we were passing through a cold front. This is a big vessel about
two hundred yards long I should think. Every body
seem quite happy. There is a smoke room and a music room. And the best of
everything to eat. Third class seems to be rough quarters. But they are in
another part of the ship. There will be about eight hundred passengers on
board all together. Some men pulling long faces when the vessel left
Liverpool. I never thought anything about it. But I was like the rest. I
watched England till it disappeared out of sight. I hope mother will not
trouble about me. I will be all right. I thought it was my best thing to do.
I had nothing to start in business with in England.
I shall be able to get about £50 per year and board with the farmers out
here. If I can stand the climate. And I can settle. I shall be able to start
farming for my self in about two years.
All letters are to be posted tonight on board so that they
will get away as soon as we land. They don't [ ] to
a few hours when they land. So all has to be ready.
First and Second class are having a Grand On Board tonight.
We shall be quite lively.
I now finish. Hoping you are all well. And remain your
Martin was 24 years old. These are interesting
letters, for they start a whole branch of the Farndale family, still living
north of Calgary.
Martin would go first to Calgary, where he took
some land from the Canadian Pacific Railway near Trochu. He built a small wooden house, a
shack, a began farming
Martin, early days in Canada, in about 1912
He homesteaded on Trochu
town line, but in 1929 he bought a farm at Paulson and raised cattle. In
1930, he married Ruth Farndale, his cousin, also from Yorkshire. They had no
children. He became well known on the Trochu
council and took a great deal of interest in education. He did much for the Trochu community. Martin died, aged 62, in
1943, and is buried at Trochu. His wife,
Ruth, returned to England and lived for many years with her family. He was
remembered as an upright, intelligent man who was very interested in people
and very good with children. He helped his brothers, George, Jim and Alfred,
and his sisters, Kate and Grace, to settle in their turn near Trochu, in
Huxley. His work for the early days in Trochu
is still remembered.
born in Yorkshire in 1881, was the first to leave, and he arrived in Western
Canada in 1904, and he homesteaded on the Trochu land to farm at Paulson and
raised cattle. In 1930, he married his cousin Ruth Farndale, also from
Yorkshire, but they had no children. He became well known on the Trochu Council
and took a great interest in education, doing a great deal for the community.
He died in 1943 aged 63 and is buried in Trochu. He visited England once.
(Our Huxley Heritage).
Martin at sea on a journey to and from England in about 1920
Tidkinhow in about 1920
Martin Farndale on a visit to England from Canada, taken about 1920
when he was aged about 40
The Canadian Farndales
at the Kinseys in about 1931
Kate Grace George
Martin Farndale and
Howard Holmes at the Holmes Ranch in Alberta in about 1946
Martin Farndale of Trochu,
Alberta Canada died in Calgary aged 62 years, on 11 Sep 1943, (ie born 1881).
He is buried at Trochu, Alberta, Canada.
Ruth Farndale, died at Northallerton District, Yorkshire in
The boys of
Tidkinhow in about 1910.
Alfred, William, George and inset Martin
The reference to Ruth Kinsey is an error, this should be Ruth
Martin Farndale – photograph taken in Calgary on 28 August 1908
Martin Farndale, Tidkinhow, about 1900 aged about 20
The house where Martin lived
where Martin lived - Martin's shack taken when it was still standing in 1981
Martin and Ruth’s house 10 miles west of Trochu